Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Uniquely Handmade baby ensemble

 It's always a good day when I get to work on a baby project. I was invited to a baby shower for one of the gals in my previous neighborhood and it couldn't have come at a better time. The holidays were ending but my desires to be crafty and creative were still in full force. It was seriously the best after Christmas therapy I could have asked for. My older kiddos were home from school so I could just work on things each day and not have to worry about what the little ones were up to.  There is something so relaxing and rejuvenating about the creative process.

 I ALWAYS make rag quilts so I decided to switch things up and work on a traditional quilt instead. I fell in love with all of these gorgeous fabrics from Hobby Lobby. The quilt turned out so cute, I almost kept it for myself! Shhhhhh....don't tell anyone!

 The fabric that I used for the backing is my most favorite...it is so bright and cheery! The quilting was all done on my sewing machine and I just went with a stipple pattern. I always love how it looks when it it all done.  I'm still a beginner, but I hope to improve with each project that I work on. I have some fabric for a table runner that I was SUPPOSED to make last Valentine's Day, but I didn't get around to it. Hopefully I can get that done and practice some more.




 Here is a little trio of headbands that I created to match the quilt.  I also found this adorable stamp at Hobby Lobby when I was picking up the fabric and I knew how cute it would be to make all of the items have a "boutique" feel to them. I do apologize for the photos, I waited until the morning of the baby shower to finally photograph everything and the lighting was dismal, to say the least. The fist headband was made using felt and diecuts, the second one was made using ribbon and a button for the center, and the last one was the easiest of them all; a premade embellishment from Hobby Lobby as well. I love that store, can you tell?
 Shoes....of course there are shoes. I thought how fun it would be to make a little pair of shoes for her baby's blessing day. White, pristine,precious.....ummmmmm.....NO! I will never make white shoes again. I poked my finger with a pin and almost bled all over the white fabric, I burnt the bottom while I was pressing them, etc. etc. What a pain....never again! They did, in the end, turn out salvageable, but they gave me fits! LOL!  I thought it would be cute to clip them together using a clothes pin and one of the "uniquely handmade" images on them for cohesiveness.


 Another example of my "cute as a button" bibs. Easy-peasy and perfect for using up left over scraps.  I did learn something to note, however. I did the embroidery using my walking foot since it was already on my machine from attaching the binding to the quilt. It did not stitch the pattern correctly, but I only noticed this once I had done an entire row. I decided to leave it for the entire bit, except for the tie. I have a Bernina sewing machine for those that may have one and want to use it for embroidery. You definitely need to have the right presser foot on for the right stitches! LOL!
And lastly, you can see a little paper project I worked on to include with the gift. The recipient is not into handmade cards and tags, but it would just KILL me to not have a tag on the gift, so I decided to give her something she could use and satisfy my vanity at the same time. I quickly made her a "Baby's First Year" booklet. I put it on a ring and she can flip through. Each page has a place to write milestones for each month as well as cute things her baby might do. I also included at the beginning a place for statistics and then in the back I made a page for all of her "firsts". It turned out cute and she loved it!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Patriotic Pillowcase Dress

 I am the type of mom that likes to get as much mileage out of my kids clothes as I possibly can. I buy them to last and I try and take care of them, too. With that being said, my darling Emma has been wearing the same patriotic clothes for a few years now. I think if I see the same outfits in my holiday pictures I might go crazy. She asked me if I would make her a new pillowcase dress for the 4th of July. We are lucky here in Utah that we also celebrate the 24th of July, which is a state holiday, in a patriotic way as well. July is just red, white and blue all month long.



 I found my fabric choices at Hancock Fabric, which I haven't been to in years. I usually like to go to the quilts shops for my fabric, but it was in the direction I was headed so that is where I went. LOL! They had a section of fabric at the front that was all patriotic, but was a little over the top for the dress. I did find the stars there and thankfully they were half off. The other 2 fabrics I found over in the calico section. The fabric for the base of the dress coincidentally was named "Firecracker".




 The bottom is simply two different fabrics folded in half and then sewn to the bottom. I love how easily these dresses work up.





 You can see the straps a little better in this photo as well as the gathered front piece.  The straps are made by making simple bias tape or not necessarily on the bias, but folded the same way.






You can see my daughter's cute nails here, which she is so proud of! I'm just going to humor her a little! If you are short on time, this is the project for you! I really like this because you could make it shorter and just have it be a little top with jean shorts or leggings, too! Super fast, but super cute! We are headed to the fireworks tonight so she is all ready to go!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Vintage Picnic Baby Ensemble

 My sister had a baby shower for one of the gals she works with and she asked if I would put together a little ensemble for her to give. I said yes, of course! We went and picked out fabric together and I just love what we picked! It always makes sewing so much more enjoyable when you love the fabric you are working with. These particular fabrics are from Riley Blake and Moda.  I named this ensemble "Vintage Picnic" because that is what it reminds me of.







 I love how the bib turned out. The patterns and colors are so cute.




 I made three headbands, but only did a closeup of this one. I have showcased alot of headbands on here, but this one was just a little different so I thought I would give it a little limelight. I used colored elastic for the base as you can see here. I had a reject fabric rosette left over from the shoes, so I thought rather than toss it, I would use it in a headband.




 You can see the elastic a little better here. I tried it on all three of my little boys while I was making it for size. They looked so cute, but don't tell my husband.
 And of course, the shoes! They are always the favorite and how could they not be? Tiny little shoes are always adorable! I really liked how they turned out as well! I love the tiffany blue polka dot lining.









A onesie with a stamped sentiment completes the ensemble. I did realize after I had already uploaded all of the pictures that I didn't showcase the bracelet. That's okay...I didn't sew it anyway! LOL!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

"Little One" baby ensemble

 Hello! It's me again with another baby ensemble, but very simple this time. I have all of the information about the box and card here if you are interested. I am sharing this ensemble here because it is a bit different than what I normally do and I thought some of you might be interested.
 I wanted to share the onesie with you and tell you a bit about how I did it. I wanted the pink headband pictured below to be cohesive with the onesie, so I used the same diecut for each one. I found a scrap of purple fabric that I wanted to use. Then I pressed the wonder under to the WRONG side of the fabric. I then die-cut the fabric using my die and cuttlebug. Once that was done, I peeled the backing from the wonder under and then pressed it onto the onesie. I chose not to stitch around the flower due to it's sharp points. If you have the patience, I would recommend doing that. This will probably fray on the ends once it is washed, but I like that shabby look, so you would have to decide what you are after. I would recommend using a small blanket stitch or just a regular straight stitch if you have a steady hand and are a good seamstress.




 Here is one of my trademark headbands, but they are just so cute. I think if I had a baby girl I probably wouldn't have to share so much here. I just really miss having a little baby girl!






 Here is another cute little headband with a cluster of three rolled roses using some dies from My Favorite Things.
I made a simple bracelet but took it up a notch by adding it to a card using a boutique stamp that I just love!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Beautiful New Baby ensemble

 Yes....it is another baby ensemble. The majority of sewing I do is for babies. Can you tell I love them? I have done some sewing for my own baby; a few quilts for his room so I will share those with you soon. In the mean time, here are some fun baby items to share with you. Yes....they are the same as what I usually show, but like I have mentioned before, I show them so you can see the different fabrics and things. If you are interested in seeing more of the card I created you can check it out    HERE . My pictures aren't the best because it was very, very overcast on this particular day. I put the shoes in the window to get some light.



I loved the fabric for this whole ensemble. It is 3 Sisters by Moda. Love, love, love. I think I know why my last three babies have been boys. I would be going shoe, headband crazy if I had a girl!!!






 I like to coordinate all of the headbands with the fabric.







 These are some of my favorite to make; rolled ribbon flowers.
 I diecut the fabric using the same die cut that I used on the inside of the card which you can see on my other blog.  I also added a rolled fabric rosette.



The recipient had told me that she was partial to smaller headbands so I obliged....on one and only one. I know she will like the bigger ones as soon as her baby's head gets bigger. Well...at least I hope so! LOL! You can see the detail on the bib better here, too.

I had a lot of fun working on this....like i always do. If you have a baby gift you want to make, my advice is to plan ahead of time and work on one thing each day. It makes the whole process so much more enjoyable. She told me how much she liked everything, so I am happy!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Seeing Double

 You are probably saying to yourself, "Wait...didn't I already see this stuff?". All of this was made using the left over fabric from two other baby ensembles. One of the moms at my daughter's dance studio is expecting a girl, so I wanted to make her some baby things.  We were also headed to a service auction at church the same day, so I made two of everything, except the changing pad. I didn't end up by having enough fabric for two. I gave the one that I did have made to the auction since it was for a good cause.  Each ensemble included a tissue holder, a bib, shoes and three headbands. You can see all of the varieties in this photo. I didn't take individual photos of all of them.



 You all know how fond I am of making these shoes, but I wanted to show you some differences that you can make to change the whole feel. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough of the fabric that I used for the outside of the shoe so I couldn't make the toe embellishment like I normally do. In this case, I just used some premade embellishments from Prima Flowers.






On these shoes, you can see that I used a premade embellishment as well, but  I also changed the ribbon. It totally gives them a different feel.
 This is one of my favorite headbands and in the end, I made one the next day for one of the gals who was at the auction. She didn't end up by winning the basket, but she really wanted the headband so I quickly whipped one up for her.





 I made this headband using felt and a rolled flower die from "My Favorite Things" stamp company.






 You can see it here in red.
This is everything all packaged up, including the card that I made. If you want to see it closer you can check it out HERE. I chose one item to work on per day, which helped a lot since I was making two of everything. I made all of the headbands in one day, since they are the fastest and funnest! Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Marmalade Baby Ensemble

 My sister asked me if I could make some baby shoes for someone she works with. I said yes, of course. I was telling her that I have so much fabric left over from other projects, that I was planning on making some baby items to have on hand, anyway.  This fabric is from the Marmalade collection by Moda, hence the title of the post.  She only asked for shoes, but I couldn't help making a matching bib and headband as well.
 The shoes are exactly like all of the others that I have made, but it is always fun seeing them made up in different fabrics. I hope you all agree.  I find out what I am having on May 2nd, and if it is a girl....I will be one busy mama making shoes! LOL!
This is a simple headband made from felt flowers. I glued a half back pearl for some extra detail.
Here is a little snippet of the card that I made for her to use if she would like. She loves to go to Hallmark so she may already have a card, but I made it just in case!